Roth MC4 Music Cocoon uses Real Tubes

roth_mc4.jpgThe Roth MC4 Music Cocoon is a unique iPod Dock to say the least. It is a mix of old technology, and new technology. How? Well…the thing uses TUBES. No, not the Tubes that the Interweb is a series of, but actual real opperating tubes so you can hear your music like most of us never have before. The classic tube sound method is matched up with an iPod Dock to give you the best of both worlds, but remember, compressed digital downloads aren’t going to do this thing justice. You’ll need lossless quality tracks – but chances are, if you’re even remotely interested in buying something like this – you already knew that.

Here are the main features, and specs of the device:


  • Hi-Resolution pure tube sound
  • 2 pre-amp tube
  • Supports different musical sources: i-Pod, CD and MP3
  • Volume Control
  • iPod Charging
  • Overheating protection (85¢)
  • Speaker short circuit protection
  • Speaker protection when turning on
  • Fuse protection in the adapter


  • Power Output: 13W x 2
  • Frequency response: 20Hz~ 30KHz
  • T.H.D: < 0.5%
  • S/N ratio: > 90dB
  • Input impedance: 100Kohm
  • Output impedance: 8ohm
  • AC Input: 110V/230VAC Selectable, 50Hz/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 50 V/A
  • Tube Type: 12AX7 x 2, 12AU7 x 2 MOS FET
  • Input Selectors: iPod, CD, MP3
  • Dimension: 187 (L) x 174 (W) x 108 (T) mm
  • Weight: 1.8 Kg (Amplifier only)

The Roth MC4 Music Cocoon will be available in April for £399 (about $779) (speakers sold seperately).

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